I'm sorry that it's already the middle of October to blog about my birth month.
My September was full of interesting memories:
.Celebrated my 20th birthday
. Went to South Melbourne Market
. Went to London Grammar concert
. Tried dimsim at Mama Tran. Yeah, dimsim
. Tried soy flat white. Loved it
. Sat on the tram until its last stop and returned home
. Boo boo!!
. Got new bed sheet set at Kmart at kid section 
. Bought new pair of shoes from Camper. Cried. But they're really lovely and comfy
. Went to see Hokusai exhibition

But, 
.Used 3 in 1 kids shampoo. It made me hate my hair so much. Everyday was a bad hair day to me
. My skin got bad reaction to the weather. I'm no longer the pretty girl with pretty skin. I'm still very sad whenever I think about it :(


Despite my bad skin, I was very happy with September this year.  I'm sorry for late blog posts. I'll try to update everything as frequently as possible. 

xo,
Tam

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Whether you are looking for beautiful scenic landscapes, wonders of history, manmade beauty, or just a broad and diverse culture, China has everything to offer the modern discerning traveller. If you are looking for somewhere more exotic to go on holiday, then a trip to China is a must, and the Lonely Planet and similar websites has some excellent information to get you started. Here are some of the top destinations in China that will give you an idea of the many attractions that this fascinating country has to offer to help plan your adventure.

The Forbidden City And Imperial Palace

A trip to Beijing would not be complete without a visit to the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace which they started building in 1271 AD. The size of the compound is overwhelming and was able to provide the emperor with a lavish life of luxury, shielded from the turmoil of the lower classes. Most tour companies will include Beijing in their itinerary, and you can take a look at http://www.thechinatravelcompany.co.uk/ to see other destinations that you can include in a bespoke tour of China.

The Terracotta Army

Just outside the city of Xi'an in the 1970’s, they unearthed what is now known as the Terracotta Army. The find dates from around 280 BC and includes 8000 life-size warriors, 520 horses, 100 chariots, and various other non-military personnel. The army is remarkably well preserved and is part of the Mausoleum Site Park for Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

The River Li

An excellent way to see a different side of China is a tour along the Li River which is in the northeast of Guangxi province. The area is well versed in local folklore, and many artists and writers would visit the area for inspiration from the natural beauty of the area. Taking in bamboo forests, rock formations, and distant hills, a cruise down the Li River is the perfect way to relax. Reputable and trusted travel consultants will be able to arrange all aspects of your itinerary including hotels, transfers, and also a cruise down the 80 KM stretch of river popular with tourists.

PANDAS!


One thing that you should make sure that you do on a visit to Pandas is to see the Chengdu Research Base where the Giant Panda breeding program is located. There are often as many as 80 Pandas at any one time that you can observe, from boisterous adolescents to the cute little Panda cubs.

A Trip To Tibet

Another popular place to visit that is steeped in mysticism is the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. You can visit the Red Palace and White Palace which are both intricately decorated and also enjoy the Jewel Gardens which were once part of the Dalai Lama’s summer residence.

A Trip To The Casino

You can also take a trip to Macau and experience the Chinese take on Las Vegas with the beautiful resorts that are available. Relax by the pool, enjoy a show, or have a flutter on the tables. The perfect way to finish off a fun-filled and exciting trip to China!
Hope you enjoy this post!

xo,
Tam

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I had a chance to check out the O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism exhibition at Art Gallery NSW and other exhibitions there. They are great arts, especially the ones from O'Keeffe, Preston and Cossington Smith.  Rejecting conventional ideas of arts, these artists embraced the use of vivid colours, light, vitality, and optimism under a modernist view. They adored nature, and I adore nature. I adore their still lifes, abstract arts and the use of colours and brush strokes.  


I really love this artwork, it's called Implement Blue by Margaret Preston. So the best person in the world bought me a little magnet of this art and I'm very happy to see it on my fridge every day. 


This is my lock screen wallpaper.



I also went to Museum of Contemporary Art Australia where they had an exhibition of Jenny Watson. Inspired by punk and feminism, the exhibition is very cute and massive with most of her works were drawn and painted on fabric. You can read the interview of Jenny with i-D about her works here. If you have a chance, please check out Jenny Watson's works. The museum is very enjoyable as well with significant works of many artists.

xo, 
Tam

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SUNNIES, FEDORA HAT OR SUNSCREEN?

If someone asks you what the most essential item for a sunny day is, what would be your answer? Are they only sunnies for your eyes? or a stylish fedora hat? Your skin needs much more that that. It definitely needs a shield of protection from the sunlight, or, it's commonly known as sunscreen. Sunscreen is one of the basic steps before you step outside and let your skin approach the sunlight because it is 'Skin Cancer Foundation'. More than 90 percent of the visible skin changes associated with aging are caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays.  The ultraviolet rays are divided into UVA, UVB, and UVC and your skin requires different kinds of protection because each ray has its own ways to damage your skin. It depends on your skin type, skin condition, location, and demands to find the right sunscreen that is suitable for you. You might ask how broad your sunscreen spectrum should be, what your SPF number is, how many pluses should your sunscreen has or if your face would turn into a mirror if you use sunscreen on a humid day. Then where should you start?




WHAT'S THE SUNSCREEN FOR YOU?

With all the questions you might ask, your life is now saved by Reviews. The team has spent months to research 135 different sunscreens. They narrowed down their options to the top four with the help of several dermatologists and skin cancer experts, then they personally tested the finalist ourselves. Reviews focused on making sure the sunscreens had enough SPF (not too little or too much), no harmful ingredients, were easy to apply, smelled pleasant, and most importantly — truly protected skin from aging UV rays. Their sunscreen review is divided into different sections - skin type, SPF, texture, scent, and water resistance - that easily assist you throughout your research. Reviews also provide beauty tips and helpful lessons about skincare that give you a healthy and beautiful skin. 


To have a  deeper understanding about skin protection and find the right sunscreen for your skin, visiti http://www.reviews.com/sunscreen/. I hope you will find the right product for you and feel confident whenever you're under the sun.

xo,
Tam

Special thanks to the photographer and a lovely reminder to use lip balm & sunscreen.


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Here is a series of photos taken in August Melbourne

Fleurs in Brunswick
One early sleepy shopping morning


Me with peach by photobooth 🍑

Afternoon sun on the opposite building. This is the view from my room pretty much every afternoon. 


This is the view from my living room/bedroom/balcony. It's nice to wake up and see the ad for Hokusai exhibition every morning. Because this is the purpose to wait for somebody to visit me in September. And there you go the State Library of Victoria. And sometimes the sun's reflection.

It's a pity that I'm moving out next week and saying goodbye to this view.  But there's going to be a different view to look at in the morning. Hopefully, it's going to be as pretty as the person you wish to wake up next to.

xo,
Tam

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